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[7 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]
Welcome to Africa!

I can’t believe it is already 2010.  Happy New Year!  This last year has been one of the most exciting years of my whole life.   One thing I love about God is that I know this is only beginning.  I cannot wait to see what this New Year holds!
One of the first exciting things I want to share with you is that I officially have all of my support raised!!!  Thank you SOOO much to all of you who have contributed and joined me in prayer.   Raising money was the …

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[12 Dec 2009 | 4 Comments | ]
One Cup of Coffee

This week in Israel has been really wonderful for me.  We got to tour Galilee and I watched two of my sisters rededicate their lives to the Lord and be baptized in the Jordan River.  I love baptisms.  It is such a beautiful moment and it always reminds me that the Lord’s grace and forgiveness are available all the time.  We spent the rest of the week watching the five children that have become our ministry for this month.  The children have had a hard life, but are so blessed …

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[8 Dec 2009 | 5 Comments | ]
Refiner’s Fire


I heard the story once of how precious metal, like gold, is worked in the fire.  The story goes that the metal is completely burned up inside the flame.  It gets so hot that it completely looses its original form.  It becomes almost liquid-like in state, as if no strength is left to make it firm.  Then the gold is turned over and over and over again until all of the impurities are melted off.  This process can sometimes take hours for everything to burn off.  Finally, the metalworker knows …

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[28 Nov 2009 | 6 Comments | ]
Reckless Abandonment

When I was in Middle School, I read a book called Lady in Waiting.  It was a devotional for girls to teach them how to become mighty women of God.  It has been about 10 years since I have read that book, but its impact is still making waves in my life today.  The first chapter is titled “A Lady of Reckless Abandonment”. It focuses on the beautiful story of the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with an expensive jar of perfume.  This is one of my favorite stories because …

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[17 Nov 2009 | 6 Comments | ]

This week we got the chance to go to Ephesus, Turkey.  Yes, Ephesus, like the book of Ephesians, Ephesus.  Don’t worry; I had no idea it was in Turkey either.  Anyway, today I had two of the most powerful revelations that I have had on the trip thus far.  The first began when my team did one of the coolest things I have ever done.  We were sitting in the ruins of the main theater in Ephesus and decided to read the book of Ephesians out loud.  We were the …

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[9 Nov 2009 | One Comment | ]
Stories of Redemption

While we were in Istanbul for a few days, my friend and fellow racer Ashley Higgins decided to create a video about redemption and the beauty of that in some of our sister’s lives.  The video is absolutely incredible.  It whispers to me to remember the things that God has done in my past, and praise him for that redemption.  It also challenges me to look to the future and pray for the redemption of those around me. So often I forget that God is a God of my yesterdays, …